A medical doctor, Wood, an Australian, taught Obstetrics and Gynecology at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital for Women in London before becoming the Foundation Professor and Chairman of the Monash University Department of Ob/Gyn at the Queen Victoria Hospital and Monash Medical Centre in Victoria, Australia. He received international acclaim in the 1970s for his pioneering work in the fields of obstetric physiology and fetal monitoring, which got him working on something new: Wood led the Monash University In Vitro Fertilization team in the development of the IVF technique during the late 1970s and early 1980s. He and his team achieved the world’s first IVF pregnancy 1973, the world’s first IVF baby developed using a frozen embryo in 1983, the world’s first donor egg baby in 1983, and the world’s first Microinjection Intra Fallopian Transfer (MIFT) IVF baby 1992. All in all, he is directly responsible for helping tens of thousands of women have children. Wood has been called variously the father, grandfather, and godfather of In Vitro Fertilization. He died September 23 in Australia from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 82.
From This is True for 25 September 2011